Proxima b

What a Swarm of Probes Can Teach Us About Proxima Centauri B

You've likely heard of the Breakthrough Starshot (BTS) initiative. BTS aims to send tiny gram-scale, light sail picospacecraft to our…

1 month ago

Life on Proxima b Is Not Having a Good Time

The nearest known exoplanet to Earth, the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, experiences some pretty nasty space weather from its parent…

1 year ago

Maybe There’s No Way to Tell if Habitable Planets Orbit Proxima Centauri… Yet!

In a new study, a team of astronomers come to the conclusion that Proxima b will ever be detected making…

3 years ago

Will Water Bears be the First Interstellar Astronauts?

A new study conducted with support from NASA considers sending "Water Bears" on the first interstellar voyages instead of humans.

3 years ago

The Radio Signal From Proxima Centauri Came From Earth After All

Turns out we were hearing ourselves! Earth can be a noisy place when listening to stars. Late last year, a…

3 years ago

What Would It Take To See Artificial Lights at Proxima Centauri B?

Is there an alien civilization next door? It's...possible(ish). In late 2020, we discovered a signal from the direction of Proxima…

3 years ago

A Recent Megaflare Shows that Proxima Centauri is not a Nice Place to Live

A new international research effort observed a massive solar flare from Proxima Centauri, which indicates (yet again) that its not…

3 years ago

According to the Math, it’s Highly Unlikely That an Intelligent Civilization is Located at Alpha Centauri

In a new study, a pair of Harvard astrophysicists did the math on whether or not BLC1 is an extraterrestrial…

3 years ago

A Very Interesting Radio Signal was Just Detected Coming from Proxima Centauri

There’s a powerful scene in the movie “Contact” (one of my favs) where lead character Ellie Arroway is sitting among…

3 years ago

A 2nd Planet has been Confirmed for Proxima Centauri

Our closest stellar neighbour is Proxima Centauri, a small red dwarf star about 4.2 light years away from us. It's…

4 years ago